Archive for December, 2009

10 Health Tips for the New Year!

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I hope everyone had an amazing holiday with friends and family! If you are still waking up with a counter full of goodies, now is the time to do some damage control. The most helpful tool my clients did during the holiday was sending leftovers home in Glad containers. What is easier for you? Having a staring contest with a plate of cookies or not having them there to ask you? Just some food for thought.

10 Ways to Start your New Year!

1. Start eating breakfast with a Protein and Fiber
2. Have your BodyGem Metabolism Test (Special $45)
3. Get your Nutritional Blueprint
4. Eat Snacks throughout the day
5. Try new foods
6. Eat 3 Full cups of veggies per day
7. Move at least 30 minutes per day
8. Have a healthy fat with lunch
9. Try a new WHOLE grain
10. Avoid high fructose corn syrup


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Happy Holidays!!

I would like to wish you and your family a healthy holiday. It has been a wonderful pleasure having met you this year. I would like to take this season as an opportunity to show my appreciation and offer you or someone you know one of the following:

BodyGem Metabolism Test: $30 ($65 value)
Nutritional Blueprint: $25 ($50 value)

If you would like to have the tools to improve your health in the New Year and take advantage of this special during the month of January, please contact Nicole: or 508-813-9282.

Last week I mentioned Step ONE of making New Year’s Resolutions SMART. After you “Be Specific”and answer the 6 “W’s” that relate to your goals, make sure they are MEASURABLE!

Choose a goal with measurable progress, so you can see the change occur.

What will you see when you reach your goal? Be specific! When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement.

To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished? If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it!

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New Year Snacks! They can Make or Break Your Resolutions…

Snacks are crucial for successful weight-loss for a couple reasons. Snacking has a purpose. We should snack to avoid overeating at our meals and keep our metabolism working along with us during the day. Think of snacks as being a part of your healthy nutritional intake for the day. Wholesome snacks will not spoil your appetite. Strategic snacking can help bridge the hunger gap between meals, keep you focused and more productive, and help with health and weight goals.

Snack Ideas:

-2 Celery sticks and 2 Laughing Cow wedges (could add 5 sliced olives) OR Peanut Butter

-Baked apple/pear with cinnamon, a tbsp of granola or oats, and 1/4 cup walnuts, pecans or almonds.

-8 oz Greek yogurt with sliced strawberries and ¼ cup of fiberone cereal

-1 serving of Greek yogurt with hidden valley ranch seasoning served with carrot sticks, cucumbers, and broccoli.

-1 TB of Natural peanut butter with celery sticks and an apple

-1 serving of whole grain cracker with 2 TB hummus

-1 cup of cottage cheese and fruit

-Toasted Chive and Onion cottage cheese with wasa crackers

-Baked Sweet potato with cinnamon

-Baked potato with salsa

-String cheese and fruit

-¼ cup trail mix with carrot sticks

-Edamame (Stop and Shop has frozen bags of them)

By Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN

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Do you want to “Get in Shape this New Year?”….Make sure you tackle the first step now!

New Year’s Resolutions often end up being way to general for people seeking true lifestyle changes each year. There are several ways your can set yourself up for success with your resolutions. So, increase your chances this year and don’t just “Get in Shape.” The prep work is crucial for you to establish, so you don’t burn out and flutter away at the end of January with the rest of the temporary gym crowd.

STEP Numero Uno:

Be Specific – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:

Who is involved?
What do I wat to accomplish?
Identify the location. Where?
Establish a time frame. When?
Identify steps, requirements and possible challenges. Which?
Write down specific reasons, purpose and benefits of accomplishing it. Why?

EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week or walk 5 miles at an aerobically challenging pace.”

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What are your goals for your weight and health? Maybe you would like to maintain the weight you’re at, get a jumpstart to your New Year’s resolutions, have more energy, or keep those colds away?

You can enjoy the holidays this year with more energy and less weight gain by focusing on fruits and vegetables. The simple act of filling half your plate with vegetables before you load the higher calorie dense foods can save you hundreds of calories.

The average person gains 5 pounds during the holiday season. On a special holiday, many Americans eat an average of 8,000 calories and 400gm fat. That’s close to 2-3 times the recommended intake for an adult. We’ve crossed the starting mark for the Holiday Season. Ready, set, Go! Unfortunately, many individuals are well on their way to gaining the average 5-pound weight gain this year. Maybe it’s from the lack of exercise they get from busy holiday schedules or the average 8,000 calories consumed on those special days. Maybe both? The reality is we are bombarded with calories over the entire season. The hard truth is that the finish line isn’t until after the New Year! Can you survive this year without the extra coat? Many would answer “absolutely” to that question.

There are many stressors throughout the season with traffic, to-do lists, shopping, and social gatherings. All of these can move yourself down on your own prioty list. You should have a survival guide that includes six main goals to help you stay focused and healthy. Even if you achieve some of these, you will have success towards your health. It is important to give yourself credit for each small step you make when it comes to practicing a healthier choice. So, focus on the positives and leave the word “cheating” out of your vocabulary.

Holiday Survival Guide:

Eat breakfast everyday with a lean protein, fruit and whole grain
Drink more than 64 ounces of water per day
Eat more than 5 FULL cups of vegetables and fruits per day
Move at least 30 minutes per day
Eat a snack before you go holiday parties
Bring a healthier appetizer or dish to the party

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